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[ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> announcer: from 30 rockefeller plaza in new york, it's "late night with seth meyers." tonight -- don cheadle. from broadway's "constellations," actress ruth wilson. music from night terrors of 1927. featuring the 8g band with fred armisen. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] and now, here he is, seth meyers! ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: good evening everyone. i'm seth meyers. this is "late night." how are we all doing tonight? [ cheers and applause ] excellent to hear.
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there's a palpable, palpable excitement in the air because it is that time of year again. president obama will make his state of the union address tomorrow night. and here is a cool drinking game you can play. [ laughter ] instead of watching the speech, drink. [ cheers and applause ] really fun. it's really fun. today is martin luther king day. the day -- yeah, give it up. [ applause ] martin luther king day is the day every year when americans find out whether or not their bank is racist. [ laughter ] good news! bank's open! bad news, i think we have a racist bank. i think our bank is racist. this is kind of scary. this weekend an unknown vehicle fired shots at vice president
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joe biden's house in delaware. the vehicle sped off before biden could even load his finger guns and shoot back. [ laughter ] [ applause ] the finger guns, of course, will be in full effect tomorrow night at the state of the union address. [ laughter ] did anyone see the film "american sniper" this weekend? [ cheers and applause ] i'm not surprised because after "american sniper" made $90 million this weekend director michael moore tweeted yesterday that snipers aren't heroes. i don't know, michael moore. if you are that easy to spot, do you really want to make an enemy out of snipers? [ laughter and applause ] this is cool.
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pope francis -- any pope francis fans here? [ cheers ] well i have exciting news. i have exciting news for you. this fall pope francis will reportedly host mass at madison square garden. madison square garden. and unlike the new york knicks, he will have a prayer. [ laughter and applause ] i love this news. rapper and actor snoop dogg just became a grandfather. give it up for snoop dogg. said snoop dogg, "i'm a grandfather? cool. wait i'm a father?" [ laughter ] i will have to go back and double-check why we had to describe him as rapper and actor snoop dogg. it seems as though rapper covers it. his great acting work. he's one of our generation's greatest actors. a rapper, yes, but also he's played snoop dogg in probably eight films.
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[ laughter ] we have a part for snoop dogg. who should we try to get? i think we should try to get snoop dogg. [ laughter ] [ applause ] this is interesting. officials in ohio are considering putting birth control in bird feed to cut down the pigeon population. i guess the way it works is the pigeons choke to death on the condoms. [ laughter ] [ applause ] i guess that's how it works. there's a new study out -- we get very excited about new studies here at "late night." so any time a new study comes out, we just gather around. usually we'll download the pdf and print it out, then pass it out and then we all read it, and then we sort of recongregate and go over sort of the detailed outcome of the study. well anyways, there's a new study out. and according to a new study -- again, it's just, we love studies. and this is a pretty big one. it was a big deal when it came
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in today. we were really excited when we read it. there's a new study out -- have i gotten to that part? there's a new study out, according to a new study, people who live near trees are richer, smarter and healthier, and people who live in trees make more cookies. [ laughter ] [ applause ] this is a sweet story. last week wildlife officials in phoenix rescued a giant 40-pound beaver. even more amazing, it was your mom's. [ laughter ] it wasn't. in the end it wasn't a sweet story. but that's right. they rescued -- that's right, no, seriously. enough jokes about this. a beaver's life was saved and i have something very serious to say about it.
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so i'm sorry that i ruined it by making a joke. shame on me. but now i need everybody to cool out because i have something very serious to say about it. that's right. they rescued a giant 40-pound beaver. officials say they haven't seen one that big since the '70s. [ laughter and applause ] do you think when people rescue a giant 40-pound beaver, they just know it's going to be a "late night" monologue. "oh, here we go. we're going to see this on the shows." finally you guys, target is under fire after many of its stores started stocking "50 shades of grey" themed sex toys in the toiletries section. they started stocking them in the toiletry section when they clearly belong in hardware. ladies and gentlemen, this is the 8g band. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ [ cheers and applause ]
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how are we doing 8g band, you guys well? everybody have a good weekend? that's good. fred, so great to see you. it's always such a delight to see you. you're one of my favorite people. and the great joy of working with you is that i get to hear all the other incredible things you're working on. not just this show. "portlandia." this season has been so great, congradulations. [ applause ] >> fred: thanks. >> seth: the only thing i worry about is that i do sometimes feel like when we talk here, sometimes people might feel like you're making up your answers off the top of your head, but i know as a dear friend of yours, you wouldn't do that. you have no reason to do that. i love you no matter what, why would you try to impress me with falsehoods? so, anyway, you know, we now know which teams are playing the super bowl. a thing we've known for while is that they asked katy perry to do the halftime show, which she's doing. but i just heard this backstage. someone said that you were asked to perform at the super bowl in a different capacity. is this true? >> fred: yes, i'm so excited about this.
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i'm doing this huge q&a. [ laughter ] >> seth: sorry. so you're doing q&a at the super bowl? when during the super bowl are you doing a q&a? >> fred: right before the halftime show. >> seth: okay. >> fred: and it's just as long, but i'm going to get out there, very simple stage. and i'll just do -- like, you know, a simple like, hey, if anyone raise their hands. and someone will about there with a microphone, like a guy running around the stadium. >> seth: just one guy? >> fred: just one guy. so he's just going to go around like a simple q&a. just like a simple -- >> seth: got ya. so how much time are they giving you for the q&a? have they said? is it like 10 minutes 15 minutes? >> fred: i asked for 20 minutes. [ laughter ] i haven't gotten an answer yet. but my hope is -- and if it goes longer, great. you know, i'm open for that. that's fine. >> seth: got ya. and are the questions -- you'll answer questions about anything? >> fred: about anything, yes. >> seth: got ya. >> fred: you know, whatever people are curious about.
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>> seth: that's great. >> fred: i'm so excited about it. >> seth: that's so exciting. that's so different to me. usually, because i have to say, usually halftime shows are spectacles. they blow it out. and this seems like to be a very thoughtful sort of quiet thing. >> fred: i mean if it goes long, katy perry can't do her thing. [ laughter ] but there's always next year. and also this football game. that's the thing, people think this is a one game, there are so many games. [ laughter ] you know? >> seth: that's a great one. so i cannot wait for that. so i'll see you out in arizona. that'll be great. >> fred: i'll see you there. >> seth: alright. give it up for fred, he's going to do a q&a. [ applause ] about the football game, so exciting. did anyone watch the championship games yesterday? [ cheers ] the first game, the seahawks/packers game may be one of the great finishes of recent history, maybe of all time. i would love to tell you how i watched it and how i was at the edge of my seat, but i wasn't. i was driving home from a weekend away in a car without a
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radio with my wife and my sister-in-law. so just like they have in the beer commercials. [ light laughter ] and it was pretty brutal, because -- but i will say this. my sister-in-law this year out of nowhere, because neither my wife or her sister care about football. but my sister-in-law ariel went to a packers game this year and became invested in football and actually cares about football where my wife continues to see football as an invading army that is encroaching on time that could be better spent at farmers markets and street fairs. [ laughter ] so anyway, i convinced -- i was driving -- ariel was in the back seat, i convinced her to go on and just sort of explain what was happening during the game to me, especially in the fourth quarter. it was really fun. but here's the thing about my sister-in-law that's really great, is this is the tone of her voice when she's super excited, this is the tone of her voice when she's a little bit excited and this is the tone of her voice when she's not excited at all. so it was the most thrilling finish in football and it
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couldn't get her pulse to move even a little bit. so she's saying, "still has the ball. they scored a touchdown. seattle's going for a two point conversion. they got it." [ laughter ] "they're doing an on-side kick. they got it. [ laughter ] green bay's trying a superlong field goal. they got it. [ laughter ] game's over, seattle won." so definitely an incredible game. [ applause ] that i'm pretty sure i consumed in the worst possible way. i'm very excited for the super bowl. i'm very excited for tonight's show. we've got a great one for you tonight. don cheadle is here. [ cheers and applause ] the big time don cheadle, so happy he's on the show. also stopping by, the star of broadway's "constellations," ruth wilson is joining us tonight. [ cheers and applause ] i saw "constellations" on friday night. it is excellent. i cannot wait to talk to her about it. and also we'll have music from a great band, night terrors of 1927 will be here.
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[ cheers and applause ] now, before we move on, are you guys familiar with these dog shaming websites? the way they work are, people will take a picture of their dog looking guilty next to a little sign that says what the dog did. here's an example. "i like to hide tennis balls around the house." pretty cute. here's another one. "i eat my daddy's wooden furniture." adorable. but these are all minor offenses. anyway, after searching around the internet, we found some websites featuring dogs that have done much, much worse things. we'd like to show them to you now in a segment we call "extreme dog shaming." [ cheers and applause ] ♪ all right. so let's take a look at our first dog. he looks pretty cute. can't imagine he'd do anything too bad. "uber's surge pricing was my idea." [ laughter ] bad dog. bad dog.
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who do we have next? oh, this guy is just adorable. what could he have done? "despite being an adult male i respond "k" to text messages." [ applause ] stop that. stop that! bad dog! who's up next? do they make them any cuter than this, folks? "i was piss drunk during my son's piano recital." [ laughter and applause ] bad dog. so that is pretty cute, watching his little son bang away at those keys. who's next? no way this cutie did anything too bad. "i can easily convert celsius to fahrenheit and i'm a real dicky showoff about it." [ applause ] bad dog. who's the next pooch taking the walk of extreme shame. aww, this looks like a good little fella. "i think we should build the keystone oil pipeline, not because it will create jobs because i really hope it springs a leak."
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[ laughter ] bad dog, vindictive dog. who's next? what a cute little guy. "i unfollowed my wife on instagram." [ laughter ] good luck to you, buddy. how could this guy be guilty of anything other than being the cutest? "i bit into a football and it deflated." you know what? that is not so bad. no, wait, looks like there's more. "then i gave it to the patriots to use in the afc title game." why? [ laughter and applause ] answer this, why does any dog or human, for that matter, want to help the new england patriots. did you not -- uh! who's next? look at those big brown eyes. "i introduced crack on to the streets of l.a. in 1981." who's next? wait a minute. this is my dog frisbee. frisbee, what did you do? "after eight terrible years i'm
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finally enjoying "weekend update" again" [ laughter and applause ] you try to get under my skin frisbee but every day you push me to do better. that was extreme dog shaming. we'll be right back with more late night. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ can we get a little help? >>we've got pepsi! >>what if we just take like 15 minutes? halfway through the game? >>they've got pepsi. ♪ so what do we call that? >>halftime. i like halftime. even the first halftime wasn't halftime without pepsi! see katy perry live at the pepsi superbowl 49 halftime show. ♪ theat devry university we to fican help...e. by maximizing qualifying transfer credits,
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: welcome back to "late night," everybody. as i mentioned we've got a great show tonight, so -- >> excuse me, seth. sorry. >> seth: i'm sorry? everyone, this is barry our i.t. guy. >> hey, everybody. how's it going? [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: don't need a round of applause for barry. but -- >> sorry to bug you, but i've got to change your nbc password again on your laptop. >> seth: barry, i feel like we just did this. >> yeah. well there's been some concerns about security due to recent hacking. you know? it'll be real quick though. >> seth: okay, but really let's try to make it quick, okay? >> okay, yeah. okay, here we go. okay. we have to make your new password something that's a little complicated and unique. >> seth: okay, but i don't need a complicated one this time. >> yeah, and i don't need to sleep with the lights on but better safe than sorry. >> seth: i don't think that's the same. [ laughter ] >> all right, so it's prompting me right here to enter a new password. som i'm just going to type a new password in for you, okay. >> seth: okay, great.
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[ light laughter ] all right. and there is your new password. >> seth: barry, buddy, once again, that's a lot of random numbers and letters. i'm not going to remember that. >> okay. you know what i do when i want to remember something? i just take all these numbers and letters and make a silly little song out of them. you know what? i'll make a silly song for you right now. >> seth: you don't have to do that. ♪ [ light laughter ] ♪ [ light laughter ] ♪ there's one thing you can do if your password is too long ♪ ♪ it's easy to remember if you make a silly song ♪ >> seth: just sing the password song. ♪ 2-x-a-4-6-9-t follow that up with the number 3 ♪ ♪ what comes next another number 3 but the thing you have to do ♪ ♪ is spell out the three
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with all lower case except the last e ♪ ♪ follow that up with a 2-r-b and just for fun let's add another 3 ♪ >> seth: got to be honest, i don't know if this song is going to help me remember. [ light laughter ] >> well we've only just begun, seth! ♪ v-6-n-w-n-d what's the next number it's not a number it's a "p" ♪ [ light laughter ] >> seth: seems really confusing, barry. >> come on, seth, jump on board that password boat. toot toot! [ laughter ] >> seth: please don't -- >> toot! [ laughter ] ♪ next you have an ampersand but spell out the word wouldn't that be grand ♪ ♪ now replace both a's with ampersands and m with the hashtag and d with an m ♪ [ laughter ] >> seth: so "&-#-p-e-r-s-&" and m? [ laughter ] >> it's just that's easy. >> seth: there's nothing easy about this! [ laughter ] ♪ what if the next letter that we use is a capital g or a lowercase g ♪
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♪ no way sir we hate the letter g and everything it stands for let's use the letter b ♪ >> seth: why not just sing b? [ laughter ] ♪ next you have a letter you know that looks like a cut in half capital o ♪ >> seth: the letter c? >> now you're getting it best friend! >> seth: i am not your best friend. [ laughter ] >> we'll see. ♪ now hit the space bar one two three then press the delete down one two three ♪ ♪ then follow that up by looking at the screen ♪ ♪ look look looking at the screen we're looking at the screen let's look at the screen ♪ >> seth: sorry, what is this looking at the screen part going to help with my password? >> it's just part of the song to help you remember, like a chorus. >> seth: oh. [ light laughter ] ♪ all of this is finished with an a-b-c-d-e-f-g h-i-j-k--l-mno-7 ♪ [ laughter ] ♪ q-r-s-t-u-v-w-x-y and z but spell out the z with a z-e-e and make the e's
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into the number 3 ♪ ♪ and that's how you remember your password ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: all right. thank you. ♪ word word word ♪ >> seth: one problem. one quick little problem. now doesn't everyone watching know my password? >> oh, sugar packets, you're right. [ laughter ] i blew it. well, you know what? best friend, i'm going to give you another one. >> seth: i'm not your best friend and i don't want another one. >> we're gonna do an opera this time. >> seth: i don't want that either. ♪ we have an i and an e and a 2 followed by the word two ♪ >> seth: we'll be right back with don cheadle. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ how does animation work?
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: welcome back, everybody. our first guest tonight is an academy award and emmy nominated actor who you know from films
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like "iron man 2", "ocean's 11", and "hotel rwanda." you can see him in the 4th season of his golden globe winning role on the hit "showtime" series "house of lies." let's take a look. >> you're a dishonest person jeannie. and i get dishonesty. i mean i do of course but your's doesn't seem to have an off switch. now, i may end up drowning, but it's not going to be because of you. >> seth: please welcome, the very talented don cheadle. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ welcome, it's so lovely to have you here. >> thank you. so glad to be here. it's really good to see fred. >> seth: isn't it? it's always good to see fred. >> yeah. fred was on our show last season. he did our show. >> seth: he does so much. >> he's very busy. >> seth: he's doing q&a at the super bowl. >> i'm going to be there for that. [ laughter ] >> seth: yeah, great. >> can't wait. >> seth: i hope your get your question asked.
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i hear there's a lot -- >> there's going to be a lot of traffic. >> seth: a lot of traffic. >> yeah, a lot of traffic. >> seth: yeah i saw you -- another place with a lot of traffic is the golden globes which is why i never got over a chance to say hello. >> yeah. >> seth: you got to present the cecil b. demille award. >> that's right. >> seth: to george clooney, which is great. do you get anxious at awards shows like that? >> you know, you've been to those things. >> seth: yeah. >> you're on display. >> seth: yeah. >> you're there to watch the thing, but you are the thing. so it's kind of hard to relax, you know. and you got this fake smile plastered on your face the whole time. like, i'm sure i'm not going to win tonight. [ laughter ] >> seth: you were also sort of -- you were right down in the pits. so you also get a lot of reactions on jokes and stuff. >> yeah. >> seth: so you got to be alive for that. >> yeah. and i wasn't. and some people sent me some crazy -- [ laughter ] >> seth: i didn't realize that. >> you don't look like you're enjoying yourself too much don. >> seth: because even -- i just had to go out and present something. so that gives me another level of anxiety because even though you don't have to do anything on the level of sort of what amy and tina are doing you still have to walk out on stage and read a teleprompter in one of the weirdest rooms in all of
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show business. >> yeah, it's a great audience, right? >> seth: yeah. a lot of people from the hollywood foreign press. >> oh yeah. >> seth: who are sort of trying -- they're translating it and translating back, trying to figure out. >> that's right. that's right. a lot of celebrities who have already lost. [ laughter ] >> seth: that's the best part. because it starts and the monologue everyone has full attention, and then just people start milling around like it's a ship that's slowly sinking. [ laughter ] >> that's right. >> seth: people are like going for the exits. >> like oh gosh, i got to get my next job. [ laughter ] >> seth: congratulations "house of lies" now its fourth season. >> that's right. >> seth: and this -- obviously must be fun, you get to develop the character so much more. now this is a bit of a spoiler alert from last week's episode. >> it was on you can talk about it. >> seth: it was on. okay, good. i agree with you. i'll hear it anyway. people will tell me. but kristin bell's character is pregnant. >> what? >> seth: oh, no. you didn't see it. [ laughter ] >> you spoiled it for me. i didn't even know that. >> seth: i have more to tell you. i have more bad news. >> no, go ahead. >> seth: you're the father. >> what? [ laughter ] >> seth: yeah, i know, right? >> this is turned into an episode of "maury povich."
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[ laughter ] yes, i am the baby's daddy. >> seth: that's great. it must be fun at this point. i mean, you must know the cast well, as people -- are you having a good time doing the show? >> i'm having a great time. you know, and everybody on the show and behind the scenes and our writing staff and our producing staff. everybody's just great. it's a joy to go to work. and three months out of the year. so it's manageable. you know. and you have the rest of the year to worry about getting other jobs. [ laughter ] >> seth: yeah. this i did not realize about you, i don't know how young you were do when you were doing this, but you did a little stand-up. >> i did. >> seth: okay. >> a very little stand-up. >> seth: okay. so when in this in your time frame. >> so my senior year in high school. >> seth: oh wow, so you're young. >> yeah, young. i lived in denver. and there was a comedy club, you may have even worked, in larimer square downtown there was a comedy club and there was open mic night. so my friend and i thought, you know, we could probably go down there and do that, not too hard, supercocky. you know we would go do it. so we went home and we kind of wrote up this routine and we went did five minutes.
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>> seth: together? the two of you together? >> did our thing. and it went really well. >> seth: what was your material? what were you talking about? >> we did things like dissect the humor of "nancy" the comic strip "nancy." >> seth: got ya. >> everybody out here is probably too young remember "nancy." >> seth: i will say, because we heard this and for the people at home, this is "nancy." you are absolutely too young to remember this. [ laughter ] i do kind of want to see it dissect -- >> very complex humor. oh, nancy. you know, stuff like that. >> seth: got ya. killing, just killing. >> yeah, we crushed it. crushed it. came back the next night, did our material again. you know, threw in some new stuff to spice it up. got killed. >> seth: right. threw in some cathy stuff? >> yeah some cathy stuff. yeah, yeah, did the whole thing. killed that. and then i invited my parents. because it was going pretty well. and didn't go so well the last performance. and there's nothing worse than dying. >> seth: no. >> as stand-up. >> seth: when you get a room that's not hot on nancy and sluggo, you're in real trouble. [ laughter ]
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>> yeah then you throw in a couple more. then you're like we're going to push it tonight. not the night to push it. it's one of the shows that was so bad that on the ride home, my parents talked about everything but the show. [ laughter ] >> seth: oh, that's rough. >> yeah. >> seth: yeah. >> yeah. >> seth: you never want that. that's the worst. i thought that with my wife here. after you go and sit down after performing. like a charity event. >> so listen, dinner. >> seth: yes. >> i saved you some chicken. >> seth: it's like, oh, no act. >> must have been horrible. >> seth: yeah. you had to work with some of the best ensembles, in film history, the ocean's films, which seems to would be historically the most fun group of people to work with. [ cheers and applause ] >> a lot of fun. >> seth: and now "avengers: age of ultron" that's also a great group. >> yep. >> seth: you guys also close friends? >> you know after "ironman" robert and i struck up a friendship and we're both very busy but we get to see each other time and again. now this new avengers crew, which some of them i knew from
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other things, you know, but getting to do these movies and traveling around the world, it doesn't suck, you know. [ laughter ] >> seth: that's great. >> it's a lot of fun. >> seth: you obviously, you know, your career has been incredible, but we like to honor early careers here, early work. >> by honor you mean smush something in my face that's going to be very embarrassing. >> seth: we don't know if that's what's going to happen yet. >> well let's see. >> seth: you don't know. >> let's just see. >> seth: you were in a film and as a kid this was one of the most seminal films in my life. >> uh-huh. yeah. >> seth: this is a hard-hitting. >> yep. >> seth: street crime drama. >> yeah. >> seth: this is -- i feel like a precursor to "the wire." >> it's kind of what set up the whole "wire" series. >> seth: and it's called "sidekicks." is that right? >> i think -- which you can tell from the title that's some hard hitting drama. [ laughter ] >> seth: that's some hard hitting. and you play a gang, you play sort of a ruffian in this. >> yeah. >> seth: but you're so good. you are so good. >> thank you. thank you so much. >> seth: let's watch a clip on don in "sidekicks" >> i can't wait. >> give up the money. [ laughter ] are you going to start giving or do i have to start kicking?
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>> why are you doing this? i don't want to hurt you. >> seth: you did not learn your lesson. [ cheers and applause ] so good. >> i mean, can you believe the academy missed that? [ laughter ] >> seth: they missed it. that cast just like the "oceans" cast you guys get together all the time. >> we hang out all the time and wear those cutoff jean, denim. [ laughter ] yeah, it's great. >> seth: that look came back. you guys -- it looks good. >> yeah, thank you. >> seth: thank you so much for being here. >> glad to be here. >> seth: congratulations on the fourth season of "house of lies." >> thank you man. >> seth: don cheadle, everybody, "house of lies" sunday nights on showtime. we'll be right back with ruth wilson. [ cheers and applause ] ♪
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: welcome back, everyone. our next guest just won a golden globe for her work on a hit "showtime" series "the affair." she's currently starring on broadway opposite jake gyllenhaal in the critically acclaimed play "constellations." please welcome ruth wilson. [ cheers and applause ] ♪
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so great to see you. >> thank you. good to be here. >> seth: i saw you at the golden globes and you won, congratulations. >> yes, thank you. [ applause ] >> seth: did you think you going to win and did you have a wonderful night after you won? >> yes. no, i didn't think i was going to win. >> seth: i tricked you. >> i didn't have a clue that i was going to win. when i did, i had a great time, yes. had a few tequila shots and it was fun. >> seth: that's good. did you find it as oppressively hot as i did in the -- >> yes. >> seth: it was really hot. >> i was heavily breathing. one, i was nervous. >> seth: yep. >> two i was wearing a very tight dress. and so every -- there's a pause in the proceedings, and every time it paused, i was ugh. a horrible deep breath would come out of me. it was disgusting [ laughter ] >> seth: well i'm glad you had a good time. did you have any tequila after you -- did you have any tequila
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before or did you wait till after? >> one shot before. >> seth: okay good. that's a good way of doing it. the good luck shot and then the reward shot. >> yes. >> seth: and then you came back, this play "constellations" which i saw on friday, is getting rave reviews. congratulations. >> thank you. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: it's so exciting. it's an incredibly unique structure, i'm going to allow you to do your best to explain how this play works. >> i'll do my best. it's pretty hard. it's basically it's a love story told through the premise or the theory of parallel universes. so it follows this couple and all the major events in their life are played out six or seven times. and it's the idea that if you did something -- you know your life can go different routes if you make this decision or this decision. the first time they meet, the first date, the proposal, it's all played out many different times. it's quite odd. >> seth: as a fan of comic books, this idea of a multiverse is like right up my alley. [ laughter ] >> yeah. yeah. >> seth: when i saw it was about multiverses, i said sign me up because i know exactly what that's all about. [ laughter ] >> yeah, exactly.
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>> seth: on some planet's superman's a bad guy. that's how it works. >> indeed, yeah. >> seth: and you and jake gyllenhaal are so great together. but again it's impossible without seeing it. but you have to do the same scene a bunch of different times a bunch of different ways. >> yes. >> seth: i imagine it must be so complicated to keep in your mind the order. >> yes. it's pretty mad. and i'm not very good at it. i have to say. he was brilliant. there's a sound effect that keeps cutting in every time that universe ends. and it would just freeze me into position. so i'd just be like rabbit in the headlights not know where i am. and then he knew what he was doing, so he would leap on to the next universe and save me. >> seth: and sometimes you'd be in the past universe. >> i'm like i don't know where i am. help, help. [ laughter ] >> seth: it seems -- the good news is if you skip a universe, it's not like us dummies in the audience know? >> yeah, you've got no idea. >> seth: yeah. >> so we can do what we like every night. [ laughter ] jake has pulled out the whole proposal scene and he's got it written down. and he pulled it out a whole section early. and i was like, no, no. [ laughter ] stick it back in.
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yeah. >> seth: jake has a british accent in the play. i, again, with my american ears, it sounds great. to you, is it very good? >> it's brilliant. >> seth: yeah, it's really good. >> i think it's one of the best british accents i've heard an american do. >> seth: well, how many have you heard? [ laughter ] have you heard a great deal of them? or was that one? >> it's all right. you're doing well. >> seth: thank you! thank you, thank you, ruth. >> thank you. >> seth: that's what you guys say right? thank you. but like high like you're running away. >> thank you. >> seth: thank you. >> yeah, that's exactly what we say. >> seth: and then as far as unique story telling goes, you also have "the affair" which is excellent. great first season. [ applause ] >> thank you. >> seth: as an actress, there are some similarities because you're sort of playing yourself from your point of view and yourself from dominic's character's point of view. is that a fun as a performer? >> yeah, i think maybe i'm a
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schizophrenic. i don't know. [ laughter ] >> seth: when they cast different stuff, they say get ruth, she's a bit of a schizo. [ laughter ] >> yeah. she knows lots of different versions of herself. yeah, that was what appealed to me, is that you get to play this sort of sexpot in one version, and then with padded bras and then the other version i get to play a depressed mother of a dead child. [ laughter ] >> seth: yeah, we all have our favorites. >> it's just a whole of different characters. >> seth: i like the padded bra one, but you know, that's just me. >> oh, it's good fun. >> seth: i think the depressed mom should wear the padded bra, too. but whatever i'm not the writer. >> next season we'll bulk her up a bit. [ laughter ] >> seth: all of you seem like acting exercises in theater school to some degree. and you went to theater school and you did have some of those, where you get asked to do sort of insane things. >> yeah. one particular thing we had to be a clown. which is finding your inner clown. >> seth: in a class. >> we all have an inner clown. basically. >> seth: got ya. okay. >> and it's when you're at that point of complete humiliation, what you do in that moment. and there's three different forms of clowns.
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to get you to that point of humiliation, they'd make you do humiliating thing, obviously. one we had to tell a joke and tell it like 15 times. so it wasn't interesting anymore. there was one time that they'd ask your inner clown and you come up with a name for it. they ask you about a pet your clown might have. and i said horse, right. i like horse riding. i like horses. i lie, obviously, make it up. and they make you run around the room pretending you're riding your horse. [ laughter ] miming it like to your classmates. >> seth: i would just be out. i'd be out. >> then they press you further to sexually pleasure your animal. [ laughter ] >> seth: oh my god. are you sure this -- is this a certified school? [ laughter ] >> i'm not sure. looking back, i think it might be a bit wrong. i think it might been filmed and it's going to come out one day. >> seth: oh, yeah. oh wait, i've seen this. >> we all had to do it. and it's the funniest thing to watch. but obviously the most humiliating thing to do.
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>> seth: yes. >> and you're full of fear watching it because you know you have to go up next and do something. >> seth: you don't come from a performing background, so you didn't have parents who say, oh no fake sex with an invisible horse, that is just what you have to do. [ laughter ] >> no. >> seth: how do your parents feel about your career now? are they supportive? are they excited for you? >> yeah, they're amazing. they were here for the opening night of the play. and it was quite funny, actually. all my representatives were going on and on about me being very sort of supportive. and then my mom was like yes, well, we'll take that all with a big pinch of salt won't we. [ laughter ] they're very kind of keep my feet on the floor. supportive but -- >> seth: i will say, that's not the worst thing if they can see through agents. [ laughter ] that's probably a pretty good thing to have from parents. >> they're pretty good. >> seth: well i'm so -- congratulations on the play. i'm so excited for next season of "the affair." and it's so lovely to have you on the show. thank you so much for being here. >> thank you seth. >> seth: ruth wilson, everybody. "constellations" is playing at the "samuel j. friedman theater" now through march 15th. we'll be right back with music from night terrors of 1927. [ cheers and applause ] ♪
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: welcome back, everyone. tonight's musical guest just released their debut album and kick off a north american tour on march 4th with bleachers. here to perform "when you were mine," please welcome, night terrors of 1927. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ ♪ maybe you got soft flew out the door on the breeze
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maybe you just got lost ♪ ♪ on the way back home on the way back home to me ♪ ♪ maybe we're just pretending and maybe i don't mind so now that it's ending ♪ ♪ i don't wanna know was it all a waste of time it's the end of the world it's the last ♪ ♪ taste of wine when you were when you were when you were mine you were lost ♪ ♪ i was blind and we swore it was time when you were when you were when you were ♪ ♪ my waste of time waste of time so i wrote one more story ♪
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♪ i just don't know how it ends about all the boys ♪ ♪ you're seeing the ones that you that you call your friends ♪ ♪ this nightmare keeps repeating we'll never get to the end of this fire we're feeding ♪ ♪ the hottest love has the coldest end from the start of it all to the end of the line ♪ ♪ when you were when you were when you were mine you were lost ♪ ♪ i was blind and we swore it was time when you were when you were ♪ ♪ when you were my waste of time waste of time
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waste of time ♪ ♪ waste of time waste of time from the start of it all to the end of the line ♪ ♪ when you were when you were when you were mine you were lost ♪ ♪ i was blind and we swore it was time when you were when you were ♪ ♪ when you were my waste of time waste of time ♪ ♪ waste of time waste of time waste of time ♪
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♪ start of it all end of the line when you were, when you were when you were mine ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: night terrors of 1927! "everything's coming up roses" available now. and head over to late night for a bonus performance of their next hit, "always take you back." we'll be right back. [ cheers and applause ] >> announcer: the "late night" music experience is brought to you by t-mobile. t-mobile is setting music free. stream all the music you want. data charges do not apply. want more "late night" music? watch premiere performances at
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[ cheers and applause ] >> seth: my thanks to don cheadle, ruth wilson, night terrors of 1927, t-mobile, and of course the 8g band. stay tuned for carson daly. we'll see you tomorrow. [ cheers and applause ] ♪
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♪ >> carson: what's poppin', everybody? one thirty in the morning. that's right, time for "last call." i'm carson daly. tonight, we're coming to you from the queen of the night right here at the paramount hotel in new york city. and here's what's about to hit your screen. we've got great music tonight. it is all about indie-punk fusion from the so so glos. in our snapshot, we're going to give you another slice of punk and introduce you to direct hit!. but first, we keep hearing that jerrod carmichael is poised to become the next big thing in comedy. he had a very memorable supporting role in seth rogen's "neighbors", and is busily prepping an nbc pilot based on his own life.


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